A little over five years ago, photographer Chad Blakley and his wife moved to Abisko National Park to take on seasonal summer jobs, but quickly fell in love with the breath-taking landscape and warm people of Swedish Lapland.
– My interest in photography began at a young age. When I was a teenager, I worked for the local newspaper in a small town outside of New Orleans, Louisiana. During my college years I started a small business photographing weddings and students preparing for graduation. Though I truly enjoyed the technical aspects of photography, I soon grew tired of the repetitive scenes. I put down my camera and thought that my days behind a lens were finished, tells Chad Blakley.
– Nearly ten years after losing interest in photography, something incredible happened – I married a beautiful Swedish woman. I quit a well paying job in the US and moved to a small town in the far north of Sweden called Abisko, he remembers.